Bright Early Years Centre gears up

THE next stage in the development of comprehensive 0 – 18 years education precinct in Bright is one step closer to fruition.

Alpine Shire Council last week (November 2) voted to adopt a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the $2.7 million Bright Early Years Centre to be constructed in Deacon Avenue.

The completion of the centre, funded in part by $2 million from the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) program, will see the Bright P-12 College site contain pre-natal, preschool, primary and secondary facilities.

Council has contributed $150,000 to the project, along with $348,203 from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and $203,200 from the Department of Planning and Community Development.

The project hit a snag when the prescribed building template required as part of the BER funding proved not to suit the desired outcome.

Director Corporate and Community Services Trevor Britten said detailed discussions between Council and BER representatives have led to a revised design “that meets the needs of the community and the government”.

“These negotiations have held up the project timeline, but it is now moving forward again,” he said.

“Tender documentation was completed in late August, with tenders invited in September and closing on Friday, 4 November.

“Our planned completion date is 31 December, 2012.”

The project is a partnership between Council, Bright P-12 College, Alpine Children’s Services and the Federal and State governments.

The MOU identifies milestones to allow for the suitable release of funds and to ensure the project is delivered on time, within budget and according to specification.

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